Recommended: 4 Editor's Picks

The Ballerina's Little Black Book

By Brittani Marie

Brittani Marie; 74 pages; $34.99

Made specifically for ballet dancers of color, this guide contains advice on getting started in ballet, dance bag essentials, pointe shoe prep, auditions and self-care, interspersed between beautiful full-page photos of role models like Misty Copeland, Alicia Graf Mack, Aesha Ash and Ebony Williams.

Music for Ballet Class: 'Attitude' Ballet Class Music for Young Dancers “Tutus and Tempo Collection" Vol. IV

By Nolwenn Collet in collaboration with

Grainne McArdle

55 tracks; 63 minutes; $29

Get your young ballerinas dancing with Nolwenn Collet's new installment of her Tutus and Tempo Collection. The tracks are short (most are between 26 seconds and a minute), so they're ideal for young children taking creative movement or beginner ballet.

Creative Haven Insanely Intricate Shall We Dance? Coloring Book

By Phill Evans

Dover Publications, Inc.; 64 pages; $5.99

Adult coloring books are all the rage in stress relief these days. Enjoy a meditative coloring session with one of more than 30 dance scenes in Shall We Dance? The highly detailed pages feature a range of dance scenes, including belly dancing, ballroom, ballet and even an image from the film Cabaret.

Public Scholarship in Dance: Teaching, Choreography, Research, Service, and Assessment for Community Engagement

By Lynnette Overby

Human Kinetics; 144 pages; $29

Dance educators will find this a useful resource for engaging their community through teaching, choreography and research. Citing dance projects in underserved communities, nursing homes and schools, University of Delaware professor Lynnette Overby shows how dance can be a powerful tool for outreach.

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Despite worldwide theater closures, the Universal Ballet Competition is keeping The Nutcracker tradition alive in 2020 with an online international competition. The event culminates in a streamed, full-length video of The Virtual Nutcracker consisting of winning entries on December 19. The competition is calling on studios, as well as dancers of all ages and levels, to submit videos by November 29 to be considered.

"Nutcracker is a tradition that is ingrained in our hearts," says UBC co-founder Lissette Salgado-Lucas, a former dancer with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. "We danced it for so long as professionals, we can't wait to pass it along to dancers through this competition."

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Robbie Sweeny, courtesy Funsch

Christy Funsch's teaching career has taken her from New York City to the Bay Area to Portugal, with a stint in a punk band in between. But this fall—fresh off a Fulbright in Portugal at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, School of Dance (ESD), teaching and researching empathetic embodiment through somatic dance training—Funsch's teaching has taken her to an entirely new location: Zoom. A visiting professor at Slippery Rock University for the 2020–21 academic year, Funsch is adapting her eclectic, boundary-pushing approach to her virtual classes.

Originally from central New York State, Funsch spent 20 years performing in the Bay Area, where she also started her own company, Funsch Dance Experience. "My choreographic work from that time is in the dance-theater experiential, fantasy realm of performance," she says. "I also started blending genres and a lot of urban styles found their way into my choreography."

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Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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